Summary: Mostly cloudy yesterday; overcast overnight, rain this morning.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain/Total*
Lincoln City: 50F/43F/20mph/0.40”/2.63”
Depoe Bay: 50F/41F/24mph/0.20”/1.94”
* Since last dry day, January 3rd
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: overcast @ 9,000’
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: E 6 mph/Altimeter: 30.03”
Forecast: A couple of soggy and breezy days ahead before a short-lived dry break beginning by the end of the workweek. Rain tapering off this morning, then returning late this afternoon, south winds gusting 20-25 mph, and a high of 50F. Tonight, the leading edge of a frontal system arrives with rain, possibly heavy at times, southerlies rising to 20-30 mph, and the mercury changing little as the low stays around 50F. The main part of this rather warm storm impacts our area tomorrow with sou’westers 30-40 mph gusting 45-50 (the High Wind Watch has been cancelled with gusts just below criteria expected), up to three-quarters of an inch of rain, and the thermometer climbing into the upper-50s. Outlook is for a slight chance of showers Friday, sunny Saturday and Sunday, then back to rain Monday and Tuesday. Temperatures are projected to remain a little above seasonal averages throughout the extended period.
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Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, highways are wet, temps 35-40F. Willamette Valley roads are wet, thermometer readings near 40F. The Columbia River Gorge has mixed wet/dry pavement, temperatures 40-45F, light southeast winds. For the Cascades, highways are snow-covered, 25-30F, the snow level is well below the passes at 2,500 feet, 1-2 inches of snow expected today, carry chains or traction tires. * Get up-to-the-minute Northwest highway weather at Real-Time Roads. Also, motorists should always visit ODOT’s TripCheck for the latest traffic conditions including delays and hazards.
Marine: Winds are SE 5-10 knots gusting 15 this morning with seas 8 feet at 13 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory is in effect from noon today through this evening. A Gale Warning is then in effect from late tonight through tomorrow afternoon. A weak front will push across Central Coast waters today before a much stronger and faster moving front brings Gale Force winds and seas near 20 feet late tonight through tomorrow night. These higher seas should be somewhat slow to subside, likely remaining in the mid-teens Friday. However, building high pressure over the Pacific Northwest Friday and into the weekend will result in seas lowering considerably as winds turn weakly offshore. The break in the weather appears short-lived, however, as forecast models suggest additional storm systems will bring a return to periods of stronger winds and higher seas next week. * Full text of the latest marine forecast is available here. And, make sure you check the latest Bar Reports before venturing offshore.
On the Beach… Rain/showers, breezy, surf 6-9 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
01/10 Wed 7:07 AM 8.58 H
01/10 Wed 2:04 PM 1.61 L
01/10 Wed 8:15 PM 5.93 H
01/11 Thu 1:20 AM 3.10 L
In Short: Wet and becoming windy, weekend clearing, then more rain.